You know how if you say your name over and over again it starts to sound weird? I have the same thing with my name except it happens after the first time. For those who don’t know anyone called Ilse and for those of you who do but have never been confident enough to say it out loud, it is pronounced ‘Ill-sir’. Continue reading
Dr Derek Lee has been a clinical psychologist for over 30 years. He is now semi-retired, spending much of his time on various creative pursuits. Derek likes to jokingly refer to himself as a ‘top psychologist’ which is probably more reassuring to his clients than his other nickname, ‘Psychodel’. Luckily for me, I have always just known him as ‘Dad’.
Are you ready to learn about his life, psychology and probably your life too? Read on… Continue reading
Christmas is a time of giving, but what should you give and who should you buy for? There has been a general trend towards more modest gift giving within my family over the past two years. This suits me down to the ground because I live in a one-bedroom apartment with no space to store large, rarely-used gadgets. One method for Continue reading
They say we eat with our eyes first but my eyes rarely get a look in. You could have painted a golden ‘don’t eat this’ onto one of the several Maltesers I just scoffed and I would have been none the wiser. While we used to depend on our eyes to identify nutritious foods, there is now a big disconnect between the diets of our eyes and our mouths. Continue reading
At the risk of sounding first-world problem-y, having too much stuff around annoys me. I have too many belongings taking up space but not giving me much in return and I need that space for thinking and moving around. Useless stuff steals my time and energy when I have to clean or move house. I feel responsible for them – they are my quiet dusty children. Given this melodramatic attitude Continue reading
Now we’re coming to the end of a record-breaking heatwave, it feels like an appropriate time to admit that I haven’t been a good friend to the earth. I take advantage of it, get mad at its weather and I only know its birthday to within 20 million years. Continue reading
I am preparing to run my first half-marathon. I have come a long way since PE lessons where I used to carefully avoid over-exertion because I didn’t want to get red in the face and I refused to tie my hair back because I didn’t think it suited me. Well, now my running aesthetic is ‘tomato with ponytail’ and I haven’t let it slow me down.
On nearly every run there is a little episode of oddity, provided either by the surrounding nature or the thoughts that get sifted to the top of my brain with the repetitive motion. Continue reading